Urban migrations of the four-legged variety

A fox spotted dining in an urban garden

There has been much ado of late about the number of humans who are moving in to urban areas and how that number is skyrocketing. At the same time, biologists are discovering an increasing number of animal species living in – or at least spending part of their time in – urban and suburban green spaces. In some cases, biologists are discovering more species diversity in urban parks than in wildlife areas far removed from the city. The trend should cause us to call into question notions of “nature” and “ecology” and how we and our city-building endeavors have begun to create new types of ecosystems and natural areas that contain their own type of said “nature” in them.

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